Odeon Southend-on-Sea

High Street and Queensway,
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1TJ

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Odeon Southend-on-Sea

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The 8-screen Odeon opened on 22nd November 1996. Originally seating 1,909, when the seating capacities in the screens ranged from 374, down to 145. By 2016 the seating capacity had been reduced to 1,627 with seating capacities in the screens ranging from 328 down to 112.

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DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on January 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

The Odeon multiplex was built on the site of the long demolished municipal college, at the top of the High Street at Victoria Circus. Due to the limited ground floor space, it was built on three floors, with Screens 1 and 2 at ground floor level, Screens 3 and 4 on the first floor, and Screens 5 to 8 on the top floor.

There are two projection boxes: A split-level box serves Screens 1 to 4, while a separate box serves Screens 5 to 8.

There is a café on the ground floor. All the auditoriums have draped walls, either in rose pink or green.

The opening ceremony was accompanied by a screening of “Brassed Off”.

In July 2000 the Odeon hosted the gala premiere of the new British film “Essex Boys”. Stars Sean Bean, Ray Winstone, Jude Law and Sadie Frost were among the invited guests.

Since 2009 the Odeon has hosted the Gala Opening Night of the annual Southend Film Festival.

In January 2016, seating capacities are: Screen 1: 166 seats; Screen 2: 224; Screen 3: 112; Screen 4: 182; Screen 5: 328; Screen 6: 223; Screen 7: 223 and Screen 8: 169. A total of 1,627. All auditoriums have wheelchair spaces, and Premier seats occupy the rear rows.

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